Sunday, May 6, 2012


What Is K Cup Coffee?

By Terri I.

There has been quite a buzz about K cups in the past couple of years. If you are not familiar with them, the K cup is something that is used in a coffee machine called a Keurig. The reason there is such a buzz about them is because the single serve type coffee machines have become one of the most popular ways to brew coffee in recent years.

So what exactly is a K cup and how does it work? A K cup is a small plastic cup with a foil covering on it. Inside of this cup is a premeasured amount of coffee as well as a small filter. This small cup is loaded into the Keurig coffee machine in its designated location. A lever is then used to close the machine for brewing. When the lever is closed, the foil on the top of the cup is punctured with a small hole that allows the hot water to flow in. At the same time, a small hole is punctured in the bottom of the plastic cup. This hole allows the brewed coffee to flow out of the K cup and into the coffee cup. When the brewing cycle is completed, the lever is simply raised back up and the K cup is removed to be discarded.

Why is there such a buzz about K cups?
K cups are used in the single serve coffee brewer called a Keurig. This type of brewing has become very popular in recent years because it enables you to brew an individual cup of coffee easily and at any time of the day. The Keurig coffee machine warms up in approximately two minutes and, once the K cup is loaded and the size selected, it will brew a cup of coffee in 60 seconds. It is easy to operate and makes no mess. There is no measuring or cleaning up of coffee grounds. You simply need to purchase the machine, fill it with water, and select the K cups of your choice.

What kinds of coffees come in K cups? There are over 250 different kinds of beverages that come in the K cup pods. Coffees can be purchased in caffeinated and non-caffeinated versions. They come in varying strengths from light roasts all the way to extra bold roasts. There are many different brands and a wide variety of flavored coffees as well. K cups come in many different types of teas and hot chocolate beverages also.

Is it difficult to find and purchase K cups? The largest selection of K cups can be found on different internet sites. If you would rather go to a store to purchase your K cups, you can find them in many different stores. Stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohl's, Kroger, Walmart, Target, etc. carry a smaller selection than what you will find online but you can purchase these and use them the same day.

Single serve coffee makers are the newest and most popular way to brew coffee. This is why there is such a buzz about the K cups. By purchasing a machine like the Keurig that uses these K cups, you will have access to the largest selection of gourmet coffees, teas, and hot chocolates to enjoy any time of the day from the comfort of your own home.

What Is K Cups Coffee?

By Andris Lee

Are you a single-cup kind of coffee drinker? If so, then you should consider K Cups Coffee. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about K Cups, which you should consider when choosing a coffeemaker for your daily cup of java:

1. What is K Cups?

K Cups is the patented coffeemaker design of the Keurig Company. Since 1998, Keurig's coffeemakers have been making perfect gourmet coffee-one cup at a time. There's no need to harvest a coffee plant, grind or roast coffee beans, or even deal with messy filters. The K Cup system supplies you with a perfect cup of coffee each and every time you use a Keurig machine. And to top it all off, it's ready in less than 60 seconds! That's definitely a plus in the hustle and bustle of today's world.

2. How popular is K Cups?

To say that K Cups is popular in the USA would be an understatement. In fact, it's the bestselling single-cup system for coffee brewing in the United States and Canada. Ironically while "keurig" is the Dutch word meaning "excellence", K Cups is less renowned in Europe. However, that will likely change considering how extremely popular the system is in North America. It's only a matter of time before the rest of the coffee drinking world discovers the perfection of the K Cups coffee-making system.

3. What are some of the main competitors of K Cup?

Although the K Cups system is the bestselling single-cup coffee-making system in North America, the competition is quite fierce. Here are some of the major players:


The AeroPress from Aerobie is one of the major competitors of K Cups. At $25, the price tag of this compact coffeemaker is attractive to many java lovers. However, the AeroPress isn't without its drawbacks. Unlike the K Cups coffeemakers, the AeroPress requires a icky paper filter. Based on its operation, it also requires a moderate amount of force in order to produce its coffee. And arguably the biggest drawback of this one-cup coffeemaker from Aerobie is that it's not programmable-unlike K Cup models.

Black and Decker

Known primarily for its power tools, Black and Decker also produces a Brew 'n Go one-cup coffeemaker. The main drawback of this system is its overall quality. Although the price tag is affordable (about $20), the "You get what you pay for" rule definitely applies in this case.


The main benefit of single-cup coffeemakers from Nespresso is that (as you might guess) they also produce an array of espressos. But the convenience doesn't come cheaply, with some models having a price tag of over $300. Another important issue is that Nespresso machines are impractical if you prefer basic brewed coffee.

4. What ratings has K Cups received?

The mere fact that K Cups have become the top-selling single-cup coffeemakers in North America, speaks volumes. It's generally received high ratings for various reasons. It's programmable. It doesn't require messy paper filters. And it produces a tasty cup of coffee in less than one minute. In terms of K Cup machines' value, professional and Average Joe (pun intended) reviewers have given such coffeemakers some of the top marks.

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